Gundala

Joko Anwar, Indonesia, 2019o

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EPIC SUPERHERO TALE | In this adaptation of the most popular Indonesian superhero, a young man sets out to fight injustice, as well as a villain at the head of an army of orphan assassins. Buckle up!

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The film

In an alternate reality, Indonesia is a place of corruption and inequalities. The young Sancaka witnesses the death of his father during a workers’ protest. Filled with rage and sorrow, he harnesses lightning and faints after causing an explosion. A few years later, he wanders the streets of Jakarta and tries to keep to himself. When the ruthless mob boss Pengkor plans to poison the country’s rice supplies with the help of an army of orphans, Sancaka finally decides to live up to his responsibilities and dons the costume of Gundala.

Here’s an origin story that can rival any of the recent western superhero reboots. With his dynamic direction, filmmaker Joko Anwar elevates the already stunning action choreographies of Cecep Arif Rahman (THE RAID 2, JOHN WICK 3). GUNDALA is an excellent adaptation of the comic book character created by Harya Suraminata, and gives birth to the Bumilangit Cinematic Universe, the Indonesian MCU. Hollywood had better watch out!

The director

Joko Anwar studied aerospace engineering, but films have been his passion since childhood. Growing up on horror and kung fu flicks, he became a film critic immediately after finishing his studies. During an interview, he is invited to work on the script for ARISAN! (2003). He then started directing his own films, notably the much talked about DEAD TIME: KALA (2007), THE FORBIDDEN DOOR (2009), and SATAN’S SLAVES (2018) – all shown at the NIFFF –, which earned him the status of prodigal son of Indonesian cinema.

Selected filmography

2005 – JANJI JONI

2007 – DEAD TIME: KALA

2009 – THE FORBIDDEN DOOR

2012 – RITUAL

2015 – A COPY OF MY MIND

2018 – SATAN’S SLAVE

2019 – IMPETIGORE

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Movie Datao

Genre
Action, Fantasy
Running time
120 Min.
Original language
Indonesian
Ratings
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ØYour rating6.9
IMDB user:
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6.9 (18)
Critics:
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Cast & Crewo

Abimana AryasatyaSancaka/Gundala
Tara BasroWulan
Bront PalaraePengkor
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